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Dorothy’s Place: What Can I Say?

Well, 2012 is rapidly coming to an end. Only 5 more days and it will be history. I’m not going to attempt to recap events. The media, whatever form we choose to use, will do plenty of that and probably more accurately than I would. So, I’m looking to the future. The other day I…

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Walking Along the Fiscal Cliff

Let me begin by giving thanks to Ben Bernanke for coming up with this highly charged phrase: The Fiscal Cliff. The folks on the television have certainly run with it. I do believe that there’s an urgency to sort out our nation’s financial responsibilities. Regrettably, so much that’s being said is at best infotainment and…

Warm Winter Fun at Hilton Waikoloa Village
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Warm Winter Fun at Hilton Waikoloa Village

From pristine beaches lined with volcanic rock and green sand, to lush tropical rainforests teeming with waterfalls and streams, the natural beauty of Hawaii’s Big Island is unsurpassed. But as I found out on my recent trip there, the island also has man-made wonders, such as the Hilton Waikoloa Village resort, where a friend and…

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Remembering What’s Important

The madness continued in America last week as we, as a nation, shook our heads and shed a collective tear for the victims in Newtown, Connecticut. Despite what the talking heads on the news want to assume, nobody knows what was going through the killer’s head prior to the bullet that ended his life, and…

Relaxing on the Palm Springs Riviera
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Relaxing on the Palm Springs Riviera

By Greg Aragon I love Palm Springs because it is not only an exciting, desert resort community; but it also gives a peek into the hip, Hollywood glam days of the 1960’s, where boxy, modern architecture mixed with big name celebrities. I began a recent getaway to the desert oasis at the 406-roon Riviera Palm…

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Dorothy’s Place: Mom Always Said

My Mom had a storehouse of cliches. She often used them to teach me the lessons of life that she felt were important. Cleanliness was one of the things very important to her. Mom always said, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” Well, in that regard, I’m afraid I’m not quite as close to God as…

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From Scrooge to Tiny Tim, Here Comes “A Christmas Carol”

By Fran Syverson Charles Dickens would most likely be enchanted if he could be transported to see his “A Christmas Carol” now at A Noise Within in Pasadena. The old traditional tale is offered with fresh un-traditional éclat. So, although Dickens can’t be here, happily—we can! We all know by heart this classic story of…

Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and Wonder Bread Not Recommended by William Dufty and the Iconic Gloria Swanson in 1977
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Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and Wonder Bread Not Recommended by William Dufty and the Iconic Gloria Swanson in 1977

By Harry Sneider My career as a professional fitness trainer, coach of Olympians and friend of celebrities included the iconic Gloria Swanson. Do you remember the movie “Sunset Boulevard” where Gloria was the famous Norma Desmond with the great William Holden? This 4’11” bombshell was walking on the Ambassador College track where I was coaching…

Fun Holiday Getaways
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Fun Holiday Getaways

By Greg Aragon “Christmas is coming, reindeer are running and I’m waiting on Santa.” As these lyrics to the song “Waiting on Santa” recently ran through my head, I thought about a few of my favorite Southern California holiday getaways. A new one for me is at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, where each weekend…

Immigrant Sneider Family Grateful
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Immigrant Sneider Family Grateful

Their First Thanksgiving in America was 1949 By Harry Sneider First Thanksgiving in Northfield, Minnesota with the Sneider family emigrating from Latvia in 1949. -Courtesy Photo The bloody and brutal war was over. We ran all over Europe during World War II looking for a place to live. My father was a prisoner, we didn’t…

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